The Associated Press is reporting that Kansas officials are checking to see if basketball
coach Bill Self’s brief encounter with Raleigh Word of God's John Wall might constitute an NCAA
Self attended one of Wall's games at the Tournament of Championship last week in Springfield, Mo. Self acknowledges that he spoke to Wall, a 6-foot-4 point guard ranked as the top-ranked recruit in the country.
Kansas is among the handful of schools that Wall is considering.
Coaches' contact with recruits are governed by the NCAA, and coaches may not contact recruits during the current evaluation period.
According to the AP report, Self said Monday night after Kansas' 73-53 win over Texas A&M that he spoke briefly with Wall.
"Basically, it’s accurate," Self said after the Jayhawks' 73-53 victory over Texas A&M Monday night. "I don't know if the exact quote is accurate. After the game was
over, like I always do, like every coach always does, I had to catch a plane. So
I went back to tell the coaches, 'Congratulations, good win.'
"I was approached
and shook a hand and said, 'I can't talk to you, but you played really
Kansas is in the final year of a three-year NCAA probation for violations
in football and men’s basketball.
"If that exchange, which is all it was, is a problem, then our
administration will deal with it," Self said. "I certainly by no means am I
going to deny that basically that happened. But the reason I was back in the
back was to say hi to the coaches after the game."
The question is whether the NCAA would consider Self and Wall's exchange as